Film Festival

SFF 2012: Gangs Of Wasseypur

The word 'epic' gets thrown around a lot in these hyperbolic times but there really is no better word to express the scope and ambition of GANGS OF WASSEYPUR - a 5 and a half hour, Indian gangster film that spans 70 years and follows one crime family through 3 generations.
 

Sydney Film Festival 2012: Day 4

Day 4 of my Sydney Film Festival experience finally kicked things up into epic territory with HOLY MOTORS and KILLER JOE but let’s start at the beginning shall we.
 

Sydney Film Festival 2012: Day 3

Attention all atheists! God is now using QR codes. And you thought religion was outdated. Still waiting for the confession app. Sort your rig out Christianity!
 
Today was reasonably low-key. Two films were viewed and I have a review of a third that also screened just for good measure.
 

Sydney Film Festival 2012: Day 2

Today I witnessed something that I had only ever heard stories about. One of those things you may hear occasionally happen but think it must be an urban myth for it could never actually occur in reality. No one could be that oblivious of their fellow man. And not at a film festival.

Sydney Film Festival 2012: At A Glance

So it's film festival time again folks and despite requests from my bank managerto the contrary, I am going up to Sydney again to see what is happening in the world of film. Those that have followed my coverage in the past will notice I'm doing things a little differently this year.

MIFF 2011: My Infamous Wrap-Up

 
As another amazing MIFF slips into the brain banks we inevitably look back, make lists of favourites, sum up the experience with glib statements and begin the process of reframing our memories into a lovely nostalgic haze eliminating the hard edges of sleep deprivation, malnutrition and nodding off during films that a long festival will always deliver.
 

MIFF 2011: Melancholia

Music is blaring, drinks are fizzing and the indifferent hum of conversation surrounds me. It's been less than 30 minutes since I saw Lars Von Trier's latest depression opus, MELANCHOLIA and I'm still unsure of my response. Earlier this festival I labelled Sion Sono's COLD FISH the most misanthropic film I had ever seen.

MIFF 2011: The Stabby Korean Double

Korean double feature!! Stab Stab Stab Hack Hack Politics Betrayal Men Screaming Stab Stab . I love Korean cinema. It also should be noted that caffeinated beverages are simply not cutting it at anymore so I loaded up hard on sugar before throwing myself into this powerhouse duo of films.
 

MIFF 2011: Angry Cops & Angry Journalists

PAGE ONE, offering up a behind the scenes insight into the editorial offices of The New York Times, brings fascination and frustration in equal measure. The documentary primarily follows a journalist named David Carr, who initially represents the old vanguard of reporting.
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